Come to Festival – here’s some reasons why…

Come to Festival – here’s some reasons why…

Wondering what you would get from attending an Area event? Well…

North Alabama boasts a pair of Lindas as directors that attended The Area 6 Festival in 2015:  Linda May of First United Methodist Florence, and Linda Guyton of First United Methodist Hartselle.  Here’s a sample of what the directors and their ringers had to say about the Area 6 Festival:

First UMC Hartselle

The square dancing was the most fun I have had and the most I have laughed in a while! 

” I liked the classes: percussion, ringing techniques……and reading through new music is always lots of fun.”

  “Because of our class Bells Without Tables we learned a lot about processionals. We bought the   books 12 Bells in F and came home and formed a new quartet. We also processed at Christmas.”

First UMC Florence

“The festival music was challenging and required proper techniques to execute. We loved it!”

“The dinner Friday was delicious and the entertainment was first rate!”

Take a look at some of the pictures from their time in 2015 – you can tell they had a great time!

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Come learn from Stevie Berryman!

berrymanHey y’all! I can’t wait to see you in Memphis this June. I’ll be there teaching about the two topics I am most passionate about: ringing with children, and handbell concerts that don’t suck. 

I started a children’s chime choir at my church when my son was in 2nd grade, since he had been begging me to let him ring since he was in utero. I was not deterred by the fact that I had no experience ringing with children, or the fact that I couldn’t find any resources, or even that I had never seen a children’s chime choir before. Having no other options, I learned the old fashioned way…by making lots of mistakes. But my repeated failures are to your advantage, because I can now share strategies that are so heavily field-tested, they are practically bulletproof. You might enter this class a Chime Director, but you will leave a Chime Wizard!

I can remember once checking my watch to see how soon a handbell concert would be over…while I was performing in it. It doesn’t have to be that way. Concerts (yes, even handbell concerts) can be lively and engaging in ways that have nothing to do with the level of music you’re ringing. Everyone, beginner to expert, can put on a concert that will have your audience falling in love with you. It doesn’t happen by accident, though. I can teach you how to craft a concert that will turn the people in your audience into superfans.

I’m looking forward to seeing all of you in Memphis!

Stevie Berryman

Greetings from Jason Krug

JKrugcolor copyGreetings, Area 6!  As I write this, it’s a blustery below-freezing day here in Indianapolis, a far cry from the warm, sunny days I expect in Memphis this June.  As excited as I am to see a thermometer above 70, I’m far more excited for the chance to share a few musical days with the wonderful handbell musicians of Area 6!  We’re going to have a fantastic time: we’ll work, we’ll laugh, we’ll meet new friends and greet old ones, and, most important of all, we’ll eat barbecue!  (And we might just make some wonderful music together, too!) 

I’ll be in Memphis in June for “Bells, Blues, and Barbecue”, and I hope you will be, too!

Arkansas Xtreme Ring!

The Arkansas chapter of the Handbell Musicians of America hosted their first Xtreme Ring! today at the Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock. This event for grades 3 through 8 replaced our Handbell Olympics, and included classes on Orff instruments and percussion. At the end of the day, the ringers played four pieces which they learned in the rehearsals (no music was prepared in advance), drums and Orff class performed, and a 6-member advanced group played a piece accompanied by the piano. Mary Ibis, associate director for music at Second Presbyterian, was our clinician. She has a fabulous gift for working with children, and very effective methods for getting first-time ringers to actually make music. We look forward to working with her again.

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